Xbox boss Spencer reiterates COD platform parity

Xbox boss Spencer reiterates COD platform parity

The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has reaffirmed his commitment to having "100 per cent parity" for Call of Duty, no matter what platform users are playing it on.

Speaking on the Official Xbox Podcastas reported by Game Developer – the Microsoft exec said that the company was axing the exclusivity deals that the shooter has had over the years. Between 2010 and 2012, Microsoft received time exclusivity for DLC maps, before Sony picked up the marketing tie-up from 2015 onwards.

"I don’t want you to feel like there’s content you’re missing out on... that’s not the goal," Spencer said.

He continued: "We have no goal of somehow trying to use Call of Duty to get you to buy an Xbox console.

"For Call of Duty players on PlayStation, and in the future, I want you to feel 100 per cent a part of the community."

Microsoft closed its record-breaking $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this week after close-to two years of wrangling with various regulators around the world and constantly butting heads with Sony on the matter.

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